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Feb
02

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg for tonight’s game in Buffalo. Hellberg will backup Henrik Lundqvist, as regular backup Antti Raanta is with his wife, who is expecting.

Hellberg made one appearance in his previous call up while Raanta was hurt, stopping four shots in 19 minutes.

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As expected, the Rangers have returned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Hellberg made one appearance in his call up in relief of Henrik Lundqvist, making four saves on four shots.

Hellberg’s return does not necessarily mean Antti Raanta is ready to go. There has been no update on his status. Hellberg was returned to stay fresh through the All Star break, and may be called back up if Raanta is not ready to go.

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Jan
16

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is likely due to the injury that forced Antti Raanta from the game on Saturday night.

Hellberg has played to a .905 SV% and a 2.91 GAA this year with the Pack. Those numbers are way down from his prior years, likely due to a weaker Pack team.

No update on Raanta yet. But this recall doesn’t bode well.

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Jan
15

Rangers waive Marek Hrivik

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The Rangers have waived forward Marek Hrivik. If he clears, he will be sent back to the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, where he will likely be the first injury call up again. Hrivik played solid if unspectacular hockey in his 16 game stint with the Rangers this year. He registered a pair of assists, the second and third of his career, while playing primarily in a fourth line role.

Hrivik’s success helped stabilize what could have been a disastrous fourth line as the Rangers dealt with a flurry of injuries in December. Hrivik’s weakness is that he isn’t offensively gifted enough for the NHL, which eventually led to the Rangers choosing Matt Puempel over him. Alain Vigneault wants skill up and down the lineup, and it’s tough to really fault that logic.

If Hrivik clears, he will likely be back at some point this season if the Rangers are unable to remain healthy. At the very worst, he will be a part of the taxi squad for the playoff run.

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Jan
12

Rangers recall Pavel Buchnevich

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As expected, the Rangers have recalled forward Pavel Buchnevich from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Buchenvich was sent down last week after missing most of the season with a back injury. It was not a conditioning assignment, and an outright move to Hartford. But as expected, this was just a short term move to get him back in game shape during the bye week.

Buchnevich played three games while with the Pack, notching a goal and an assist. With the recall, it’s assumed that the rookie will be ready to go for tomorrow night’s game against the Leafs.

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Jan
08

Rangers return Nicklas Jensen to Hartford

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Immediately after last night’s comeback win against the Blue Jackets, the Rangers returned forward Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Jensen played three games in his recent stint with the Rangers, and has totaled seven games with the big club. He has been held off the score sheet while playing a bottom-six role.

Returning Jensen to the Wolf Pack is not a shocker, and may not even signal that a forward is healthy. The Rangers have their five day bye week starting today where they don’t practice, and the Pack has two games in that span. This could just be to keep Jensen’s legs moving. Also, the Rangers get some additional cap space for the trade deadline by sending his contract down, and every dollar counts.

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The Rangers have assigned forward Pavel Buchnevich to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Buchnevich put up eight points (four goals, four assists) in ten games with the Rangers, and has been out for the majority of the season with back issues. This is not a conditioning assignment. Buchnevich’s roster space and cap hit are removed from the books for now.

At first I was a bit surprised that this wasn’t a conditioning assignment, but it makes complete sense. Conditioning assignments are ten days. The Rangers have just five games in the next two weeks. So they likely want to keep him down there to play in games and get back into shape. A straight demotion allows them the flexibility to have him return on their terms when he is in shape.

Make no mistake, Buchnevich will be back. This is just a paperwork thing to get him back in shape.

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Jan
02

Rangers recall Nicklas Jensen

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The Rangers have recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This will be Jensen’s second stint with the Rangers. He played four games in early December, playing solid if not unspectacular hockey. He was held off the score sheet in a primarily fourth line role.

It’s assumed that someone on the club has the flu or is banged up, although it is not known who. The call up also means that Rick Nash, despite practicing in full today, is not ready for tomorrow’s matchup against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

Despite missing time with his call up, Jensen is still the Pack’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 10 assists in 29 games.

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Dec
27

Rangers recall Brandon Halverson

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Brandon Halverson from the Hartford Wolf Pack for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Antti Raanta will get the start, and Halverson will serve as the backup, as Henrik Lundqvist is out with the flu.

Halverson has had a bit of a shaky year, spending time in the ECHL as well as the AHL. In his six AHL starts, he’s sporting a 3.88 GAA and a .861 SV% although the overall quality of the Wolf Pack team likely plays a role in those poor numbers. In his four ECHL starts, he has a 1.70 GAA and a .943 SV%.

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Dec
14

Rangers return Nicklas Jensen to Hartford

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The Rangers have returned forward Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Jensen’s stint in the NHL last four games, where he was held off the scoreboard.

Sending Jensen to Hartford likely means one or both of Rick Nash and Matt Puempel are ready to return in Dallas. Both practiced in full and traveled with the team today.

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